Thrill-Seekers at Higher Alcoholism Risk

Tuesday, June 27, 2006 2:39 PM
Apparently, there is a trait called "high novelty seeking" in people and they are more likely to develop an addiciton to alcohol. Could we be at risk?

This would explain a few people and stories I've read here at coasterbuzz. ;) Full article here. http://news.yahoo.com/s/hsn/20060627/hl_hsn/thrillseekersathigheralcoholismrisk

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Tuesday, June 27, 2006 2:50 PM
Hmmm......interesting.

-Tina

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Tuesday, June 27, 2006 3:26 PM
I consume alcohol on a fairly regular basis. Perhaps this correlation really is indeed factual? ;)
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Tuesday, June 27, 2006 3:44 PM
Interesting.
As a rule, I only drink during the spring and summer months. I seldom drink in fall and never in winter.

I ski in winter at least once a week and rollerblade in the fall.
I guess you could say i drink during my two off-seasons.
Never really thought about it, though.

I have only been drunk at an amusement park one time (i was not driving). It was a unique experience, but nothing i would want to repeat.

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Tuesday, June 27, 2006 3:53 PM
Heck yeah! I'm just over a year and a half sober. I know there are lots of us around...

Hey what happend to the rest of my post!?

Anyway, would like to hear from other enthusiast in recovery. *** Edited 6/27/2006 7:55:08 PM UTC by J7G3***

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Tuesday, June 27, 2006 3:54 PM
I might have a drink a year, if that. Then again, according to the article, I would need parents who are acoholics and they're not.
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Tuesday, June 27, 2006 3:56 PM
Just a PSA all you who like to drink or get drunk or hig or whatever once in a while, your fine. If you have a problem, you will know it sooner or later.

I'm sure alot of enthusiasts also have eating problems.. sex, gamblling, general craziness, it's somewhat all the same :)

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Tuesday, June 27, 2006 4:09 PM

Heck yeah! I'm just over a year and a half sober. I know there are lots of us around...

Good Deal! :)

Personally, I've never drank alcohol at an amusement park. I always feared the aftermath of a looping coaster after too much to drink. Actually, I don't drink much at all any more. I did drink this past weekend, but, it had been about a year from the last time.

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Tuesday, June 27, 2006 4:09 PM
My parents weren't alcoholics, so i guess i'm not a thrill seeker.

:(

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Tuesday, June 27, 2006 4:10 PM
I would much prefer to know how many coaster freaks are latently suicidal.

:)

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Tuesday, June 27, 2006 4:22 PM
Hey! thats kinda all bunched up in the same category superman :)

Just don't tell a professional you feel that way, 72 hrs mandatory in your local nut house!

Really, are there any recovery folks on here!?

We need to stick together.

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Tuesday, June 27, 2006 6:58 PM
I'm in recovery, too. :) (for something else)
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Wednesday, June 28, 2006 1:52 AM
Maybe we should start a new club :)

But seriously, there are so many specialy groups out there.. all the different prides, etc. It's crazy.

I know there are a lot of crazy drug/booze users in our coaster community. It's really been 'stamped out' or whatever since the early 90's. There were a few 'incidences' back then.

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Wednesday, June 28, 2006 6:11 AM
Wasn't beer served this year at Beastbuzz?

Tsk, tsk. Jeff is contributing to the problem. :)

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Wednesday, June 28, 2006 7:27 AM
I dont have a drinking problem...it's more like a solution! ;)

Seriously though, I'm getting a bit weary of all these "studies". One week you hear drinking one or two drinks a day can help fight heart disease and high cholesterol. Then another study says 4 or five dirks a week can cause liver damage. One week eggs are bad for you, the next their the greatest thing since sliced bread. Oh and is anyone still on the "low carb/Atkins" kick?

I just go by the theory "Everything!...in moderation". Yes you can have fried chicken...just not a WHOLE fried chicken. Have a glass of wine with dinner...not a BOTTLE. Ride coasters, but not MARATHONS...(okay, skip that last one :))
lata, jeremy
--frequent drinker

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Wednesday, June 28, 2006 10:16 AM
I guess I'm pretty much screwed then.
My grandmother was an alcoholic. My grandfather doesn't drink (although he did, he was able to quit once he realized he was going too far). I'm Polish and Irish. And I love coasters.

Some people can control it, others can't. It takes a brave person to step up and realize that they can't AND do something about it.

I'm not a once a year drinker, but I'm also not an everyday drinker. And the occasional beer at the park is nice. Especially on those chilly Halloweekend nights.

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Wednesday, June 28, 2006 10:53 AM
The keg at BeastBuzz sure had a lot left over.
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Wednesday, June 28, 2006 11:27 AM
I totally wish I would have come to BeastBuzz now. There wouldn't be anything left over ;).

I'm also Polish and Irish, but also Russian and Chippewa Indian. I hold my alcohol a little too well, and beer really doesn't even get me drunk anymore.

No, I'm not an everyday drinker, I just have a reallllly high tolerance.

-Josh

PS: is 11:30 too early for this beer I'm drinking? ;)

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Wednesday, June 28, 2006 11:36 AM
Time is never wasted when your wasted all the time!
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Wednesday, June 28, 2006 11:43 AM
I believe strongly (and I have nothing to back this up but my opinion!) that people that enjoy any kind of an "extreme sport," or might be called "thrill-seekers," are much more "obsessive-compulsive," than so-called "normal" people.

As such, it is a given that we would fall more into a "Type A" category, which can be the realm of people who live a "roller-coaster" type of existence, as it relates to alcohol/drugs/depression/bi-polarity and other forms of mental illness.

This might be the "elephant" in the living room but I think that the "mental" make-up of the roller coaster enthusiast is a terrific topic for discussion. I find coaster enthusiast events to be a formidable place for psychological evaluation and observation. Let's face it: we can be an interesting bunch, both visually and physically. . .

And any conversation that starts with, "Hey, did you know that the wheels were made in Stuttgart and. . ." is proof enough that we are DEFINITELY a tad left of center. . .

I've watched fellow enthusiasts try and "convert" other GP and regular-Joe riders over to their side, often with comic hilarity and amusing results. Often their eyes are glazing over while the enthusiast regales them with their tales of conquest of infinite ERT and numbers-of-rides taken on X ride. . .

Sometimes the poor GP rider passes out and is left comatose in the queue while the enthusiast simply steps over him/her and continues on to their next unsuspecting victim. . .

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